Aaron Rodgers tells Joe Burrow to slide further after Packers win against Bengals: ‘You’re too talented’
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Aaron Rodgers joined “The Pat McAfee Show“on Tuesday to discuss not only the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win against the Bengals on Sunday, but also their opposing quarterback in the game, Joe Burrow.
Rodgers highly praised the second-year Cincinnati quarterback, who completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns to two interceptions in the loss. But Rodgers mentioned some sage advice he gave after the Green Bay victory:
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“I’m a Joe Burrow fan,” Rodgers told McAfee. “I enjoy the way he goes about his business, I enjoy the way he plays with confidence.
“I’ll tell you what I said to him, what I’ve said to other quarterbacks from time to time: Slide. Slide down, ”Rodgers said. “I told him, ‘You are too talented, you have so much to accomplish in this league, you just have to slide sometimes.’ I would have said the same to Andrew (Luck). “
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For context, former Colts quarterback Luck was known for the number of injuries he suffered in the NFL from 2012 to 2018. He was fired a total of 174 times during those years. For context, he only threw 171 touchdown passes.
Burrow has just 24 rushing yards so far this season, but he had two injury scares during Sunday’s game. In the second quarter, he left the field after taking a hard tackle from Packers defenders Darnell Savage and De’Vondre Campbell. Burrow finished without a concussion and continued playing after a short break.
However, after the game, Burrow was sent to the hospital with a bruise to his throat. It is unclear when or how the injury occurred.
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Burrow’s upper body injuries prompted Rodgers to speak with the Bengals quarterback about how he could prevent them in the future. Rodgers claimed to have told this advice to several other quarterbacks in the league as well. However, the only quarterback who said he probably doesn’t need to follow that advice is Lamar Jackson, who has 341 rushing yards so far in 2021.
“I don’t feel like sliding makes you less tough,” Rodgers said, “sometimes it’s the smart thing to do.”
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